Jan 13 2017
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Jan 12 2017
2017 is here, which honestly sounds like we should be zooming around in flying cars or living in the Matrix, but whatever, lets go rallying instead!
The first rally event 0of 2017 in the Atlantic region was very special, even though it didn’t involve rally cars, helmets or even going sideways! Well… maybe some of the attendees got sideways afterwards, we don’t tell. The Canadian Association of RallySport held their 2016 Annual General Meeting in Halifax last weekend with hosting by the Bluenose Autosport Club, a first in many years for our region. Club and competitor representatives from all over Canada met for administrative meetings, discussions and voting at the Westin Hotel on Saturday before heading off to the surprisingly comfortable showroom of Steele Subaru for a fabulous down home Atlantic dinner before handing out Regional, National and International trophies. Record breaking National Champion Antoine L’Estage was on hand to accept his 9th Canadian Rally Championship.
The winter is no time to rest for the busy Atlantic Canadian Rallyist, however! The 2016-2017 Bluenose Autosport Club’s RallyCross series continues where it left off with the first event of the year this Sunday at Scotia Speed World! Conditions are sure to be challenging with snow, rain and cold making an appearance over the last several days. Come on out and live life sideways!
In Performance Rally News a new Stage event has been added to the 2017 Calendar. February 19th will see the region’s first winter stage rally event with a RallySprint at the Conrad Brother’s Quarry in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. RallySprint events are the next evolution of rally after RallyCross, requiring a caged and logbooked vehicle and personal safety equipment. For full details see the General Competition Rules on the CARS website.
But wait, don’t have a caged car to run the RallySprint? Well there just happens to be a rally car for sale right here in Nova Scotia! This 1992 Mitubishi Galant VR4 is nearly ready to run RallySprint events with very minimal updates. Just add a logbook, buy/borrow some safety gear and go rallying! There’s still time before February 19th!T he car is listed for $7000 and is currently located in Middleton, Nova Scotia. For details see the Facebook Post.
Remember that there’s activities for everyone, no matter your abilities or means in Atlantic Canadian Rallying!
Looking forward to another great season of sideways! Rally rally rally!
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Dec 23 2016
For the first time in many years the Canadian Association of Rally Sport’s Annual General Meeting is being held here in Halifax!
The AGM and Sessions will be held January 7th, 2017 at the Westin Nova Scotia Hotel, 1181 Hollis Street with the following agenda for public attendance:
CRC Round Table Discussion: 13:00 – 15:30 – This is an open meeting of discussion and Q&A with the rally community
CARS 2016 Annual General Meeting: 16:30 – 17:00
Both meetings are open to the general public and voting is via CARS Affiliated Club Delegates.
Later that evening at 19:00 will be the 2016 CARS Banquet and Awards Ceremony which will take place in the showroom at Steele Subaru, 3737 Kempt Road. Food options are Steak or Lobster and the price is $40. If you wish to attend the banquet please RSVP to the CARS Office at 1-855-640-6444 or to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 29th!
This is a great opportunity to talk rally and rub shoulders with the biggest rally names in Canada as well as show our local rally spirit and hospitality!
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Nov 13 2016
Just a reminder that the 2016-2017 Bluenose Autosport Club RallyCross series begins next Sunday, November 20th at Scotia Speed World! Put on the winter tires, drag out the winter beaters and get ready for some serious sideways fun! For details see the BAC Website!
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Oct 11 2016
The end of summer may mean the end of the season for our pavement-bound friends but we never stop rallying! Like the US Postal Service says, neither rain nor snow nor…
The final event of the 2016 Bluenose Autosport Club’s Performance Rally Championship is this Sunday with the Trout Lake RallySprint in Middleton, Nova Scotia. This is a great event with a wonderful piece of road full of great surface, elevation changes and tricky corners. Its always a great way to end off the season. As always we need lots of Volunteers to help make these events great so if you want to come out and get the best seat in the house contact the organizers!
With nearly no downtime following the end of the BAC Season two teams are probably not even going to unpack their tow vehicles before heading off to the Rallye de Charlevoix in Clermont, Quebec, taking place on October 21-22nd. Mal Swann and Martin Cadieux will once again challenge these storied stages while James Whitman and Daphne Sleigh have a score to settle with the event after retiring early in 2015 with a catastrophic mechanical failure in their Volkswagen Golf. Bonne Chance!
Locally, things are getting geared up for the start of the 2016-2017 Bluenose Autosport Club’s RallyCross challenge! A full calendar of events has been scheduled from November through March. Stay tuned for locations and get your winter beaters, rally cars and everything in between ready for sideways!
2016-2017 BAC RallyCross Event Dates
Lets get ready to get sideways! Rally Rally Rally!
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Sep 06 2016
A quiet weekend on the home-front doesn’t mean that some locals aren’t busy! This weekend we have two dedicated teams headed in two different directions to scratch the rally bug!
Heading West, Mal Swann and the Fritter are at it again, headed back yet again to Quebec to attack the Rallye Defi alongside Co-driver Tim Dine! The event runs September 9th and 10th and live results will be available on RallyScoring.com so stay tuned!
Headed East is Atlantic Region Navigational Rally Director Cindy McCarron, who is taking on the annual Targa Newfoundland Rally for the first time alongside driver Adam Mercer in a classic 1987 Toyota Supra! Check out the Mad Rock Racing Facebook Page for more info!
Also competing at Targa Newfoundland are Rally East Facebook regular, San Francisco-based Peter Guagenti, who is returning to tackle Targa after a several year absence alongside Co-Driver Matt Rhoads in his stunning 2002 BMW M3.
Targa Newfoundland is an epic 5-day Tarmac Rally which runs from September 10-17th all across the South East of Newfoundland, hosting competitors from all around the world. Check out Targa Newfoundland for more information!
Good luck, all! May you have good roads, good notes and good fun! Rally rally rally!
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Sep 01 2016
After the successful 2016 Ledwidge Lookoff Rally the Bluenose Autosport Club‘s Rally series continued with Round 2 on Saturday, August 27th with the Laffin Lake RallySprint. Five teams tackled 6 stages each in Kennetcook, Nova Scotia with the team of Jonathan Conrad and Wayne Pitts ending up on top of the podium and Cal Vandaalen and Meg Grandmaison following close behind. Ian Pearce and Gordon Sleigh rounded out the top 3. Also competing were Jim Theriault with rookie co-driver (now rally addict!) Sonia Meadows and Mal Swann with Tim Dine in ‘The Fritter’ RX7 which suffered a minor off on Stage 5. Repairs are already under-way!
Check out Harold Merklinger’s photos from the event here!
The next and final Performance Rally event for the 2016 BAC Series is the Middleton, NS based Trout Lake RallySprint in October! Stay tuned!
Good luck to local competitors Mal Swann and Tim Dine at next weekend’s Rallye Defi, the 4th round of the Canadian Rally Championship! This year’s event looks to be killer with a new, more compact format and over 50 competitors registered to take on both Regional and National stages!
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Jul 26 2016
The 2016 running of the Bluenose Autosport Club Ledwidge Lookoff Rally has come and cone. Nine teams converged in Nova Scotia to take on the challenging roads of the Conrad Brother’s Quarry in Dartmouth before moving on to the forests of the Noel shore to attack 4 roads run multiple times throughout the evening and, for the first time ever, into the night for a total of 13 stages and over 100 competitive kilometres.
When the dust had settled (and there was a lot of dust!) Quebec rally mainstay Jean-Sébastien Besner and Hubert Gaudreau came out on top for the overall win with their fire-breathing Mitsubishi EVO IX, followed by Quebec team Mikael Arsenault and Manuel Arsenault and locals Jonathan Conrad and Wayne Pitts filling out the podium. Two wheel drive was claimed by local Mal Swann and his Quebec Co-driver Martin Cadieux with James Whitman and Daphne Sleigh taking second.
Full event results are available at rallyscoring.com
The Bluenose Autosport Club Ledwidge Lookoff Rally will return in 2017, moving back to its traditional late August dates. Stay tuned to www.lookoffrally.com for information on how you can spectate, help out or compete in the region’s premiere rally event!
Car #7 Pearce/Sleigh Spectator Stage
Car #9 Vandaalen/Grandmaison Stage 5 Airport
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Jul 20 2016
Just a reminder that you can come out and see the rally cars up close and personal and meet the crews this Saturday before watching them tackle the fast and technical roads of the Conrad Bros’ LTD Quarry, 31 Cono Drive in Dartmouth, NS!
Nine teams from Nova Scotia, Quebec and New Hampshire are running in a variety of potent rally cars from Mitsubishi, Subaru, Volkswagen, Audi and Mazda! The biggest field so far for the event!
The Parc Expose Meet and Greet begins at 3:15 with the cars hitting the stages at 4:15. For all the details see the Spectator link on the Ledwidge Lookoff site! Spectating is free and open to rally fans of all ages!
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Jul 17 2016
Hey Rally Fans, the 2016 edition of the Ledwidge Lookoff Rally is happening next Saturday, July 23rd and its never been easier to get up close to the action! 4pm at the Conrad Brother’s Quarry in Dartmouth (31 Cono Drive, behind Dartmouth Crossing). 9 teams are currently entered from Nova Scotia, Quebec and New Hampshire! The Quarry is like Rally Nirvana with super fast stages, tons of sideways and great sight-lines for spectators! Its free to spectate and rally fans of all ages are welcome! See the cars up close and meet the teams at 3:15pm and see them race at 4:15pm!
For more information and specifics check out the Ledwidge Lookoff website at http://www.lookoffrally.com
The Ledwidge Lookoff Rally is brought to you by Steele Subaru, Q104, Apple Auto Glass, Quiznos Subs and Tim Hortons with generous support of Conrad Bros LTD and Ledwidge Lumber.
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